1080p Projectors for the Ultimate Home Theater

1080p projectors are the ideal solution for top of the line home theater performance. When making your choice, consider throw distance and lens shift features (if needed) to make sure the model you want can be installed comfortably into your intended viewing room. All models are sufficiently bright for dark room viewing on screens up to 110" diagonal. However, some are brighter and can accommodate ambient light or larger screen sizes.

ViewSonic Pro7827HD DLP Highly Rated
You can quibble with ViewSonic's claim that the Pro7827HD is the ideal projector for home theater entertainment, but it's unquestionabl... more»
BenQ MH741 DLP
Although the 1080p resolution BenQ MH741 is meant primarily for business and education, it actually handles video and games better than... more»
Dell 4350 DLP
The Dell 4350 delivers native 1080p (1920x1080) HD resolution, but it's definitively meant for business and education rather than home ... more»
Sony HW65ES SXRD Highly Rated
The Sony VPL-HW65ES is the latest in a series of high performance 1080p home theater projectors, replacing last year's VPL-HW55ES. Like... more»
BenQ HT4050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT4050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $1,399, it i... more»
BenQ HT3050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT3050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors being released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $999, ... more»
Optoma HD28DSE DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD28DSE is the company's newest portable 1080p home theater projector. ("DSE" stands for "Darbee Special Edition," in refere... more»
Vivitek H1186-WT DLP
The new Vivitek H1186-WT takes 1080p resolution below $700, and that by itself will attract attention. This 7.5 lb portable home entert... more»
Epson Home Cinema 2040 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is the latest in their line of home video and entertainment projectors. This affordable 1080p projector is a... more»
NEC V302H DLP Highly Rated
The new NEC NP-V302H is a rock-solid 1080p projector for conference rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Sporting a maximum output of ... more»
InFocus IN119HDx DLP
The InFocus IN119HDx is a new low-cost 1080p projector for business and education. With a compact design, bright picture, and long esti... more»
Optoma HD37 DLP Highly Rated
At $999 street, the Optoma HD37 is a step up in price from the least expensive 1080p competition. It offers some conveniences, most not... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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The diagonal of a screen or flat panel can be computed by using the Pythagorean theorem: squaring the width, squaring the height, adding them together and taking the square root. A 100" diagonal 16:9 screen measures 49" high by 87" wide; a 100" diagonal 4:3 screen measures 60" high by 80" wide. Use the Projection Calculator to get screen dimensions on all common aspect ratios.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface that supports audio/video sources such as a set-top box, DVD player, A/V receiver, and video monitors such as a digital projector or digital television (DTV). HDMI is backward compatiable with DVI 1.0 specification and supports HDCP.

HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio, and interactive controls on a single cable. It transmits all ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committe) HDTV standards and supports 8-channel digital audio. First product releases using HDMI occurred in 2003.

1080p is ATSC high definition 1920 x 1080 progressive scan video format where a complete frame of video is delivered at either 60 or 24 frames per second.

2:3 Pull-Down:
2:3 pull-down, commonly called 3:2 pull-down, converts film footage to NTSC video. Film footage is shot at 24 frames per second (FPS) and NTSC video is shot at 30 FPS. 3:2 pull-down refers to the electronics needed to convert 24 FPS to 30 FPS so that it can be viewed on a NTSC video device. To accomplish this, 4 frames of film are converted to 5 frames of video by inserting an extra field of film frame every other frame:

Video Frame 1 2 3 4 5
Video Field a b a b a b a b a b
Film Frame 1 2 3 4

Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  ViewSonic Pro7827HD
2.  Sony HW40ES
3.  BenQ W1070
4.  Optoma HD26
5.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UB
6.  Optoma HD141X
7.  BenQ HT3050
8.  Panasonic AE8000
9.  Sony HW65ES
10.  Epson Home Cinema 2040
11.  BenQ HT1075
12.  LG PF1500
13.  Epson Pro LS10000
14.  Optoma HD28DSE
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson Home Cinema 3500
17.  BenQ HT4050
18.  BenQ W1080ST
19.  BenQ HT2050
20.  Epson Pro 6030UB
21.  Epson Home Cinema 3000
22.  Epson Home Cinema 2030
23.  Acer H6510BD
24.  Optoma HD50
25.  BenQ W1070+
26.  Optoma HD37
27.  ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
28.  Epson Home Cinema 3020
29.  Epson Europe EH-TW5300
30.  Epson Home Cinema 2045
31.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
32.  BenQ TH670
33.  BenQ W1110
34.  BenQ W7500
35.  Acer H6517ST
36.  Vivitek H1186-WT
37.  Panasonic AR100
38.  Sony HW55ES-B
39.  InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080
40.  Epson Pro 4030
41.  Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe
42.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
43.  Panasonic AE7000
44.  Epson Europe EH-TW5350
45.  Epson Pro LS9600e
46.  Epson Home Cinema 2000
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  ViewSonic Pro9000
49.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
50.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
52.  Sony HW55ES-W
53.  Vivitek H1188
54.  Optoma HD91+
55.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
56.  Acer H7550ST
57.  Optoma HD131Xw
58.  Epson Home Cinema 3600e
59.  Optoma HD30
60.  Epson Europe EH-TW5210
61.  Optoma HD90
62.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
63.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
64.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
65.  Epson Home Cinema 5025UB
66.  Acer H7550STz
67.  Epson Europe EH-LS10000
68.  SIM2 Crystal Cube SUPERCUBE
69.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
70.  Optoma HD30B
71.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
72.  Wolf Cinema SDC-6
73.  Vivitek H5080
75.  SIM2 Nero LED 20th